Alison Speakman BVMS (Hons) PhD CertAVP MRCVS
Alison qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1991. After a year in mixed practice in Lancashire she completed a residency in feline medicine followed by a PhD on Bordetella bronchiseptica infection. Following a short period of post-doctoral research, she returned to small animal practice in Lancashire. Apart from a 2-year spell as a veterinary technical director in industry and a year in Australia, Alison has remained with her roots in the North West for most of her working life. She currently works in a small animal practice in Lancashire and has recently completed her CertAVP.
Alison first joined BSAVA as a new graduate and has been a member ever since, joining her local regional committee in 1995 followed by Education committee and Chair, Congress committee, Honorary Secretary and Petsavers committee. She currently sits on North West regional committee.
Alison has been married to Victor for 25 years and they have 2 grown up children, Rebecca and Joseph, and a cheeky Border Terrier, Roxy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, keeping fit, reading and travel.
Carl Gorman BVSc MRCVS
Carl graduated from Bristol in 1985. After working in Swindon, Portsmouth and Cheshire, he took on a practice in Newbury where he is now Clinical Director. He has a wide range of clinical interests including surgery, avian and exotic medicine and geriatrics. Since 2000 he has been Small Animal Editor, and now Consultant Editor of UK Vet Companion Animal. He is the author of ‘The Aged Dog’ and ‘Clients, Pets and Vets’.
Carl is on the Southern Region committee and has served as secretary. He has been a Regional Representative and sat on Scientific committee. As a member of BSAVA since 1983, he can boast membership of the association for well over half its existence. He has seen and admired the development of BSAVA over that time.
A firm believer in having a variety of interests to balance veterinary life, Carl has taken part in many challenges for charity, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling the length of Wales off road, cycling from London to Edinburgh, a half marathon and a Tough Mudder. He has been on charity trips to Malaysia and Greece, neutering strays and continuing to advise the local charities. He is a keen tennis player and golfer. At home his family share space with three dogs, three cats and an increasing herd of tortoises (5 at the last count).
Junior Vice President
Julian Hoad BVetMed BSc(hons) MRCVS
Julian graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1996, having previously completed a microbiology and biochemistry degree and worked with HIV and related retroviruses for several years at the institute of Cancer Research in London. After three years of mixed practice in Kent he settled into small animal practice in Surrey and Sussex. He has been partner, owner and now clinical director of a first opinion practice in West Sussex for the past 15 years.
He has a strong interest in ultrasonography, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and has written and given talks in these subjects to vets and nurses throughout the UK and abroad.
He has written chapters in several veterinary and nursing text books (and a virology manual) and is currently co-editing the new BSAVA Manual of Advanced Veterinary Nursing.
Julian has been married to Sylvia for 16 years and has two daughters, two cats and an elderly dog.
He is a keen climber and mountaineer; skier and canoeist. Although when the weather is unfavourable he is happier to be involved with the local amateur dramatics group.
Senior Vice President
Sheldon Middleton MA VetMB MRCVS
Sheldon graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007. He stayed in the area as a new graduate, taking a job in a mixed practice in Bedford. He became Senior Vet there in 2011 and a Partner in 2013. He gained a GPCert(Ophthal) whilst in practice. The practice was sold in 2018 to the Royal Veterinary College as a flagship small animal practice and Sheldon became the Managing Director of the arm’s length company wholly owned by the RVC. In 2022, Sheldon took on the role of CEO of Garden Vets, which is an innovative teaching hospital co-located with the Harper Keele Veterinary School at Keele University.
Sheldon’s BSAVA career started immediately after graduation when he joined the East Anglia Regional Committee. He then took on the roles of Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the region in succession and afterwards became a Regional Representative. This led him to be a committee member of the Membership Development Committee and he subsequently became Chair. Sheldon became Honorary Treasurer of the Association in 2016 and President in 2021-2022.
He has edited the BSAVA Pocketbook for Vets and is involved in the production of BSAVA’s PDP resource bank.
Sheldon lives with his wife (also a small animal vet) and two children in the Pennine hills. He enjoys running and hillwalking as well as skiing, classical music and days out with his family.
Krista Arnold DrMedVet MRCVS
Krista graduated from The University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna in 1994, and also gained her postgraduate doctorate there in 2001. After graduating she worked in mixed and small animal practice, veterinary nutrition and the pharmaceutical industry in Austria before moving to the UK in 2004 since when she has been a practicing companion animal veterinary surgeon. She currently provides locum support to various practices as well as engaging in veterinary international commercial consultancy.
Krista has been an active BSAVA volunteer for many years. Her BSAVA career started on the Southern Region Committee, where she served as treasurer, secretary and as chair. She was also a Regional Representative and sat on the Membership Development Committee and the Petsavers Committee. Krista chaired the International Affairs Committee following four years representing the BSAVA to the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA). Most recently she chaired the BSAVA Events Working Group which organised the BSAVA Virtual Congress 2021. She currently sits on the Publications Committee and represents BSAVA on the RCVS Practice Standards Group.
She is also a Board member of the Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nurse Education (ACOVENE) and appointed by ACOVENE as an accreditor for European veterinary nurse education programmes. She has also been actively involved in Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe (VetCEE).
Krista lives with her husband in Hampshire and they enjoy walking, horse riding and travelling in their spare time
Jim Hughes BVM&S MRCVS
Jim graduated from the Dick Vet in Edinburgh in 1986 and immediately started work in a mixed practice on the west coast of Cumbria. Having decided that wasn’t far enough west, he moved a few years later to another mixed practice in Cornwall and finally settled down in mixed practice in Bridgwater in Somerset where he became a partner in 1994. Having been a member of BSAVA since graduation, he gradually drifted towards the small animal side of the practice, and hasn’t calved a cow since 2010.
Jim only started his BSAVA volunteer career in 2012, serving on the South-West regional committee first as treasurer and then as regional chair. This was followed by a stint on Petsavers management and GAC committees.
Having recently retired from his own practice, and moved to the Bath area, Jim now works part-time in a small animal practice in Bristol and is enjoying all the pleasures of living closer to children and grand-daughter, as well as having more time to devote to getting out on the pushbike although the Mendips appear to be a bit more of a challenge than the Somerset Levels were.
Jim says ‘We thought the Covid pandemic was bad enough, but as we start to get used to it being an ever present part of our lives, we now have the war in Ukraine, and the so-called cost of living crisis to contend with. All these have had a significant impact on our lives, and those of our families, friends and clients. This is a very difficult time for practice, and I feel it is important that I should devote some of my newly acquired free time to the BSAVA which can continue to provide much support to its members as well as its continuing role in the provision of the highest quality training and science.’
Officer without Portfolio
Peter Graham BVMS CertVR PhD DipECVCP MRCVS
Peter remained at Glasgow University after graduating in 1989 as Small Animal House Physician, Research Scholar and Lecturer in Clinical Pathology until 1996 obtaining his PhD in 1995. Subsequently, he was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University from 1996 and Managing Director of Dechra Pharmaceutical’s Laboratory services, NationWide and Cambridge Specialist Laboratories 2002-2014. He is now Professor of Endocrinology and Clinical Pathology, University of Nottingham. He is a past president of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
Peter has been a BSAVA Member since the mid-1990’s and has held roles on North West and East Midlands Regional Committees and on Petsavers Grant Awarding Committee and Big Project Board.
Peter and his partner Nick live in Leicestershire with their 3 young children and spend much of their time outside work ferrying them to their various after-school activities.
Chief Executive Officer
Amanda graduated in Human Sciences from UCL in 1993 and in seeking her next steps, a fortunate introduction led to a role in small but growing business delivering corporate events. This started her career in the world of corporate events where she moved through project management and account director positions and finally to senior management positions working with the boards to develop commercial and business strategies.
For some time she had looked for a position to move to the client side of events, seeking for the chance to shape and build events strategically from within an organisation and the Head of Congress position at BSAVA fitted the bill. BSAVA Congress is the UK’s largest annual association event and something to be proud of, within the veterinary profession but also the world of professional associations and events as a whole. After 4 years in this role Amanda moved to the Director of Operations position and became Chief Executive in 2019.
Stephen Spill MA (Oxon), FCA- Non-executive director
Steve is BSAVA’s first non-executive director, and a non-veterinarian.
Steve graduated in History from Christ Church, Oxford and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. He has enjoyed a long executive career, initially as an auditor and later a business adviser and manager. The final segment of his executive career was as Chief Operating Officer of the Central & Eastern European operations of a major global professional services group, where he oversaw its operations in more than 30 offices across 19 countries.
As well as London, Surrey and South Wales, Steve has lived and worked in Rome, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw.
Steve now holds a portfolio of non-executive positions which, as well as BSAVA, include social housing, an NHS trust, international employee benefits and a mental health charity. His specialisms are finance, risk management and business growth strategy.
He lives in the Vale of Glamorgan in converted farm buildings, surrounded by (mainly large) animals, his involvement in small animals limited to the family cat, watching the neighbour’s sheepdogs at work, and providing protection for a hedgehog family. He enjoys cycling and walking in the rural Vale and travelling.